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A half-hour podcast will take me through a bike ride with my dogs; two podcasts will keep me company for a five-mile run.
I don't commute anywhere in my car, but if I did, you'd better believe I'd be tuned in while on the road.
I've listened to Adam Smith, Hesse, Emerson, Thoreau, and Wattles thanks to Librivox.org's podcasts.
In short, podcasts basically rock the world.
Here are my current favorites...plus a bonus Google Hangout, just for good measure. (If you haven't checked out Google Hangouts yet, they're definitely the best part about Google Plus. Well worth signing up for!)
By the way, I fully intend to share even more awesome podcasts and Hangouts with you as I discover them, so stay tuned!
1. Paycheck to Passion Podcast
My absolute favorite podcast right now is Paycheck to Passion. Co-hosted by Jasper Blake and Meredith Eisenberg, "Paycheck to Passion" is a series of interviews of real-life entrepreneurs and small businesspeople who are out there alongside us in the trenches, learning, growing, making a living at what they love, and freely passing on their inspiration, knowledge, and stories. This podcast is very human, down-to-earth, and wonderfully personal and will leave you feeling inspired and thinking "Oh, my God, why didn't I think of that?"
2. Social Triggers Insider Podcast
Another favorite podcast is Social Triggers Insider. Derek Halpern is a keen observer of human psychology (and as a result is a brilliant sales guy), and his podcast features fascinating and entertaining interviews with other entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders, small business owners, and fellow students of the human psyche. If you love marketing and human psychology, this is your podcast.
3. The Social Media Marketing Podcast
The Social Media Marketing podcast from Social Media Examiner with Michael Stelzner is for social media uber-geeks. It features interviews with the very hottest and hippest marketeers on the ragged and bleeding front lines of social media, and each podcast is so full of exciting tips and cool ideas it's difficult not to want to drop everything and go implement what you've just learned.
4. The Mia Connect Power Chat Google Hangout on Air
And finally, as promised, the Google Hangout of the Day: The Mia Connect Power Chat. Sometimes she interviews panels of social media or marketing power-hitters; sometimes she interviews individual business owners with incredible and inspiring stories...but every interview is conducted with heaping helpings of heart, warmth, power, inspiration, entertainment, and downright silliness.
Okay, I've done my part. Now it's your turn: go discover podcasts, and through them connect yourself aurally with a whole world of other real, live, amazing, flesh-and-blood, human beings.
You'll wonder why you waited so long.
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